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University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteers are on-hand to answer Minnesotan's questions about home flower gardens, vegetable and fruit gardens, landscape design and maintenance, seed starting, garden soil, composting, and pest management.

(This group currently has 13 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group


Hi, I am gardening at the Rochester garden plots along the Zumbro River this year and have a question about the possibility of contracting CWD through eating garden vegetables. The deer visit my garden frequently even though I have a plastic fence up. In one instance, the deer ate some lettuce and I proceeded to pick what was left and washed off the leaves and did eat the remaining lettuce. I know that e.coli can be a problem with deer scat, so I know that is a risk also. If a deer with CWD comes into my garden, should that be of concern to me?

Olmsted County Minnesota Posted about 13 hours ago

Deer rub damage

Hello, I have a quaking aspen tree that is about 5in in diameter. It has just suffered damage from a deer rubbing on half of the trunk (one side), about two feet in length. Is there anything I can do to help the tree heal? Thank you!

Scott County Minnesota Posted about 14 hours ago

Miss Kim lilac

My husband unknowingly trimmed the Miss Kim Lilac. We live in Saint Michael, Mn. Has he killed it and if not, how might I prevent it. I know no blooms will occur next season.
Thank you

Wright County Minnesota Posted about 17 hours ago

Planning a pollinator friendly garden

Hello, I have a place in my yard that is currently landscaped with large evergreen arborvitae shrub and I would like advice on how to remove this and remake the space to support pollinator friendly plants. It is on the south side of my home and I am really hoping to get some ideas on how to proceed

Dakota County Minnesota pollinator gardening pollinating plants Posted about 18 hours ago

Can my honey crisp apply tree be saved?

We purchased a honey crisp apple tree from Menards last year and things were ok. This year we thought it was doing ok until we trimmed the grass around it and saw that the truck is damaged. Is there any way or anything we can do to save it?

Ramsey County Minnesota Posted about 18 hours ago

Weed or grass or grain

Can you help id? It’s about a foot long. Not sure if grass or a weed or oats or other grain.

Dakota County Minnesota Posted about 21 hours ago

Hydrangea too big

Hello, I bought a house last year and there is a very nice hydrangea bush in the front yard. In the spring, I cut it back to 3-5 inch stems and it grew very nicely and was really big. My question is how to make it smaller. It has taken over the part its part of the yard and I would like to put in a few other things nearby, but am not sure how to minimize it's size. I feel like pruning will just make it grow bigger. Should I dig half of it up? Thanks for your help!

Ramsey County Minnesota pruning hydrangeas Posted about 21 hours ago

Honey crisp small apples

Last year I got nice size apples. This year they were small. What would be the reason for this.

St. Louis County Minnesota apples fruit size Posted about 22 hours ago

Any ideas on what's up with this broccoli? Last year all the plant had this...

Any ideas on what's up with this broccoli? Last year all the plant had this right away as heads were forming, in a well-mulched raised bed, regular water and sun. It stunted and twisted them. My friend moved the bed, tried different seed and things were OK until this month.

Ramsey County Minnesota broccoli not forming heads broccoli pests diamondback moth Posted about 22 hours ago

Any reason not to plant a clover yard?

My husband and I are thinking of a clover yard to use less water and no pesticides or yard chemicals, but we don’t want to plant a yard or something that might be bad for the MN environment. Are there any detrimental environmental issues with a clover yard?

Hennepin County Minnesota clover lawn Posted about 22 hours ago